Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE
Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE

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Surgical masks protect more from germs on fingers than viruses in the air, experts say after panic buying

  • Learning more about the deadly outbreak informs who should wear which type of mask, and how
  • Demand for masks is up to 100 times higher than usual, with prices up to 20 times higher and backlogs of four to six months, WHO director general says

Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE
Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE
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